insurance reports, HGV medicals & other private medicals
Who to give your medical report to?
Please speak to Sallie at reception. Please give your medical report to be filled in to her and she will arrange with a doctor to do it. Please do not hand in medical reports directly to the doctor as they can often end up being forgotten about. Sallie will keep an eye out for outstanding reports.
How long will it take to get the report done?
We try our best to get these reports done within 4 weeks. However, the nature of our job is that some weeks can be incredibly busy with ill people who simply need attending to. We are sorry if your report occasionally takes longer than 4 weeks but we would still aim to get it done before 6 weeks. We hope you will be understanding about these busy periods where we have to put patients’ lives first.
Why is the fee a bit high?
Medical reports incur a fee and yes, sometimes this can be quite high – especially if there is a physical examination involved. This sort of work is not funded on the NHS and that is why doctors have to charge for it. The NHS pays us for looking after the health of our patients and treating them when they are unwell. The NHS does not cover work for insurance companies or other private organisations.
From the form you might think ‘the doctor hasn’t got much to fill in’, but do remember that the doctor is doing more than just filling in a form. He or she is actually being held responsible for they are writing down.
However, compared to the fee you pay for a car service, change of wheel, car diagnostics or even a simple letter from a lawyer – we are sure you will agree that our fees for private medical reports is pretty reasonable compared to what other professions charge.
Do remember that we fill out these forms for you!
Most GPs aren’t particularly keen on doing medical reports, but they understand that you, the patient, can be stuck without them. Therefore, GPs will often make time and space in their busy schedules to do them – for the sake of your necessity. The only way they can sustain doing this is if there is a charge for doing them.
Also note that time spend completing forms, preparing reports and doing letters takes the GP away from the NHS medical care of his or her patients. GPs are very busy with the clinical care of patients and paperwork takes an increasing amount of their time. Please be mindful of this before making any requests. Whilst you have the right to make a request, it is ultimately the GP’s decision whether to oblige with your request or not.
We thank you for your understanding.